Friday, February 12 2010
Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.
Thursday, February 11 2010
On their debut, this band made waves on the strength of a quietly revelatory single about the year 2080. Now the group seems determined as all hell to imagine 2080, the year, in sound.
Monday, February 8 2010
Electronic sounds have come to occupy and permeate spaces focused on alterity, from the fringes of academia to the disposal heap of exotica.
Monday, January 25 2010
Maiysha takes The Blue Note stage to record live follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut.
Monday, November 16 2009
Astatke has a great capacity for intelligent play, the James Joyce kind of innovation that isn't afraid to be slangy and entertaining at the same time that it chases a serious purpose.
Tuesday, November 10 2009
These beautifully arranged pieces place this among the really enjoyable and surprising Christmas albums.
Wednesday, November 4 2009
Brazilian guitarist and composer Baden Powell has his music treated to rich and beautiful jazz arrangements.
Monday, October 19 2009
Jack Webb's glum radio series 'Pete Kelly's Blues' is a sigh of a tribute to the roaring '20s, a melancholic parade of blistering jazz and the pointlessness of its own nostalgia.
Thursday, September 24 2009
Factory Records was as influential in design, sound production, and defining what a label could be as it was in music.
Tuesday, September 22 2009
Noel Coward's play is brought to the screen with Jessica Biel in the lead role, but the film loses much of the bite of the stage version.